NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Eddie George had the time of his life playing football.
In "Eddie George: A Football Life,' the former Titans running back shares his journey, from his early years in Philadelphia all the way to the NFL. George also tackles life since stepping off the field.
"I was really touched by it," said George, who watched the piece last week with his youngest son. "It touched on a lot of things from the very beginning, how it all began.
"It is my life. It's about relationships, and it's about not giving up on your dreams. It's about fighting through adversity. There are so many different parts of my story that should resonate with everybody. It is not giving into addiction; it is fighting through that. It is finding your life's purpose after the game, how the game meant so much to me. There's not one thing where I want someone to say, "I got this out of it.' I think each individual will view me and see who I am as a man and who I am trying to become."
A first-round pick by the organization in the 1996 NFL Draft, George ran for 10,009 yards and 64 touchdowns from 1996-2003 in Houston and Tennessee. Alongside quarterback Steve McNair, George helped guide the Titans into the postseason four times from 1999-2003, including a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV.
George posted seven 1,000-yard seasons with the Oilers/Titans, including a 1,509-yard season in 2000. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times. The Titans released George after the 2003 season, and he played his final season with the Cowboys before retiring.
Among the topics discussed in "Eddie George: A Football Life" are:
• Attending Fork Union Military Academy due to poor grades and behavior in high school.
• Rushing for an Ohio State single-game record his senior year against Illinois after fumbling twice against them in a game his freshman year.
• The Tennessee Titans' playoff run in 1999 to Super Bowl XXXIV.
• The rivalry with Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens.
• His release from the Titans in 2004 and signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
• His passion for acting following the conclusion of his football career.
"Eddie George: A Football Life" includes footage and interviews with George, the following people and more:
• Eddie George Sr. – Father.
• Donna George – Mother.
• Taj George – Wife.
• Jeff Fisher – Former Oilers/Titans head coach.
• Derrick Mason – Oilers/Titans teammate.
• Brad Hopkins – Oilers/Titans teammate.
• Kevin Dyson – Oilers/Titans teammate.
• Ray Lewis – Former Ravens linebacker.
• John Cooper – Former Ohio State head coach.
• Raymont Harris – Ohio State teammate.
George's two sons, Eriq and Jaire, also appear in the hour-long show.
"That makes it really special to me," George said.
George, who has been open about dealing with the challenges of life after football, said he welcomed a chance to show another side of him.
These days, George is a busy man. He's involved in acting, and has appeared in numerous plays, in big roles. He has a wealth management business, and owns two restaurants in Columbus, among other things.
As a football player, he hopes he'll be remembered as a player who gave his all to the game.
"I never missed a game in my entire career with the Titans. I was always there,'' George said. "Maybe I didn't finish the games, but rain, sleet or snow, healthy or hurt, I was always there. And that is the one thing I will always be proud of. I showed up and gave it my best."
He wants to be viewed as a fighter off the field, in life, as well.
"That's what life is about, dealing with adversity, high and lows," George said. "You struggle, you go through stuff. We are not immune to life at all. You just have to persevere through it."
Former Titans RB Eddie George makes his debut in Broadway's longest running musical, "Chicago." (Photos: Jeremy Daniel)